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* US woman turned away by Catholic administered hospital after her [[contraception|IUD]] became dislodged, causing bleeding. 2016.<ref>[http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/catholic-hospital-turns-away-woman-bleeding-dislodged-iud-because-church-opposes]</ref>
 
* US woman turned away by Catholic administered hospital after her [[contraception|IUD]] became dislodged, causing bleeding. 2016.<ref>[http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/catholic-hospital-turns-away-woman-bleeding-dislodged-iud-because-church-opposes]</ref>
 
* In 2019, a US school banning unvaccinated students initially from extra-curricular activities and then from any attendance after a chickenpox outbreak. A student at the school sued the institution after being excluded. He refused the vaccine on the grounds that it involved the use of [[abortion|aborted]] foetus cells. The student later contracted chickenpox but said he did not regret rejecting the vaccine.<ref>[https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47613881 Lawsuit as unvaccinated teen banned by US school in outbreak]</ref> While most children completely recover from chickenpox, it has the risk of complications and is sometimes fatal.<ref>[https://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/about/complications.html]</ref>
 
* In 2019, a US school banning unvaccinated students initially from extra-curricular activities and then from any attendance after a chickenpox outbreak. A student at the school sued the institution after being excluded. He refused the vaccine on the grounds that it involved the use of [[abortion|aborted]] foetus cells. The student later contracted chickenpox but said he did not regret rejecting the vaccine.<ref>[https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47613881 Lawsuit as unvaccinated teen banned by US school in outbreak]</ref> While most children completely recover from chickenpox, it has the risk of complications and is sometimes fatal.<ref>[https://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/about/complications.html]</ref>
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===Romanian Orthodox Church===
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* In December 2009, during the St. Nicholas sermon, IPS Laurentiu Streza, Archbishop of Sibiu and Metropolitan Bishop of Metropolitanate of Transylvania, said: "our girls don't have to get the HPV Vaccine", every good father "must oppose the mandatory HPV vaccination" because cervical cancer is a byproduct of an unholy lifestyle and "our girls are not the future streetworkers"<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLAHJO6svlQ IPS Laurentiu Streza-Vaccin col uterin.mpg]</ref>.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 16:02, 9 August 2019

A minority of Christian denominations teach that prayer is not only helpful for those with illness but that it should be used instead of conventional medical care. Of course, this leads to many deaths from common but preventable illnesses and conditions. Of particular concern are children of religious parents that do not seek medical support and are often not publicly reported. At study in 1998 looked into religiously motivated medical neglect deaths of 172 children and concluded that most deaths were probably preventable. [1] However, the scale of the problem is difficult to estimate because of the secrecy surrounding these fatalities.

Most Christian denominations do not oppose medical care or do so only for specific treatments.

In many areas of the United States, there are laws that protect parents who rely on prayer or faith healing alone from prosecution. [2][3] If the same actions were motivated by other reasons, they would be considered child abuse. This is another harm caused by the so-called freedom of conscience.

Examples in Christianity[edit]

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Catholicism[edit]

  • Many Christian denominations, notably the Catholic Church, oppose contraception even though it helps prevents the spread of STDs such as HIV.
  • Doctors in Ireland performed highly risky symphysiotomy births for decades. Repeated Caesarean section births (at the time) had progressively greater risk, requiring eventual sterilization and this was considered a form of indirect contraception.
  • In 2012, Savita Halappanavar died of a miscarriage because she was refused an abortion to save her life, due to Catholic policies in Ireland. [9]
  • A German woman seeking a medical examination after being raped was turned away from two Catholic affiliated hospitals, so they could avoid the possibility they would need to provide advice an abortion. 2013 [10]
  • Catholic hospital denies Michigan woman a tubal ligation on religious grounds, 2015.[11]
  • US woman turned away by Catholic administered hospital after her IUD became dislodged, causing bleeding. 2016.[12]
  • In 2019, a US school banning unvaccinated students initially from extra-curricular activities and then from any attendance after a chickenpox outbreak. A student at the school sued the institution after being excluded. He refused the vaccine on the grounds that it involved the use of aborted foetus cells. The student later contracted chickenpox but said he did not regret rejecting the vaccine.[13] While most children completely recover from chickenpox, it has the risk of complications and is sometimes fatal.[14]

Romanian Orthodox Church[edit]

  • In December 2009, during the St. Nicholas sermon, IPS Laurentiu Streza, Archbishop of Sibiu and Metropolitan Bishop of Metropolitanate of Transylvania, said: "our girls don't have to get the HPV Vaccine", every good father "must oppose the mandatory HPV vaccination" because cervical cancer is a byproduct of an unholy lifestyle and "our girls are not the future streetworkers"[15].

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